Staying positive in a down economy

Everyone would probably agree that the economy shake-up is putting many people – and companies – all around the world in a difficult situation.  Professionals who one day feel their jobs are bullet proof and secure are facing the hard fact that we are in an unpredictable time.  Sure things seem to be looking up after an economically challenging 2009 but we are still faced with some very staggering statistics:

"In December, both the number of unemployed persons, at 15.3 million, and the
unemployment rate, at 10.0 percent, were unchanged. At the start of the re-
cession in December 2007, the number of unemployed persons was 7.7 million,
and the unemployment rate was 5.0 percent."
Employment Situation Summary of December 2009 published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics

I’m actually feeling quite positive about the responses I’ve received in a very short amount of time and feel that this is an excellent chance shift into something bigger and better.  With Virtualization present in nearly every top 10 prediction for 2010 from the likes of IDC, Gartner, and Forrester, I’m hopeful that this will be a tremendous year for growth to anyone in this space.

Currently seeking a demanding, fast-paced opportunity

Conquering Mountains - small

As a new addition to the not-so-thrilled-to-be-unemployed (due to downsizing) group, I am scouring the earth for the next big thing in my life. I’ve been blessed with many positions throughout the years that exposed me to lots of new experiences and contacts in the technology industry.

Anyone out there looking for a bright, master problem solver who is up for any challenge?  My most recent position put me in charge of technical services for a small software company – Tranxition Corp. – that was deeply involved in the user virtualization and migration space.  This adventure entailed different aspects in technical marketing and sales, critical business planning, partnership development, competitive research, technical assistance with proof-of-concepts plus more.  We all wore many hats in order to tackle the demands of the rapidly changing industry that is virtualization.

I had the wonderful opportunity to present at BriForum – a yearly gathering started by Brian Madden – where industry experts get together to discuss the future of desktop, application, and server virtualization.  Just as exciting was my experience as an exhibitor at VMworld 2009.  As you can see from my one and only post about VMworld on this site, I was extremely busy at all times meeting new customers, interacting with other exhibitors and partners, and demoing our new software.

Visit my contact page where you can find multiple ways to connect.  Even if not for a career opportunity, I would enjoy networking with new people.

~Jeremy
jeremykeen@gmail.com
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XenDesktop on VMware ESX infrastructure: Creating Desktop Groups

There are three methods for allowing Xen Desktop Delivery Controller access to VirtualCenter in order to create a new desktop group:

Allow HTTP access to the SDK on the vCenter (VirtualCenter) web server.

Modify the proxy.xml file on the virtualCenter server located in c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\

The section

<_type>vim.ProxyService.NamedPipeServiceSpec</_type>

<accessMode>HttpsandRedirect</accessMode>

<pipeName>\\.\pipe\vmware-vpxd-webserver-pipe</pipeName>

<serverNamespace>/client/clients.xml</serverNamespace>

Change to

<_type>vim.ProxyService.NamedPipeServiceSpec</_type>

<accessMode>httpAndHttps</accessMode>

<pipeName>\\.\pipe\vmware-vpxd-webserver-pipe</pipeName>

<serverNamespace>/client/clients.xml</serverNamespace>

Restart the VMware VirtualCenter Server service (vpxd) on the VirtualCenter host.

Import the defaul VMware SSL certificate into the Xen Desktop Delivery Controller. (not recommeded in a production environment because you must use the defaul certificate hostname of “vmware”

Copy rui.crt from c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\SSL to the Xen Desktop Delivery Controller server

Import the certificate into the Trusted Root Authority for the computer account

Open the Certificates Snap-in in an MMC console and choose to manage the Computer account

Expand down to Trusted Root Certificate Authorities and right-click on Certificates and choose Import…

Use the wizard to select the rui.crt file that you copied from the VirtualCenter server

Close the MMC

Edit the hosts file in %windir%\system32\drivers\etc with notepad and add the following and save the file:

vmware <ip of your virtualcenter server>

Use an SSL certificate from a trusted root authority.

This process involves creating an SSL certificate for you VirtualCenter server and configuring IIS to use this certificate.  This is a well documented procedure.  See VMware and IIS documentation for this procedure.

VMworld – behind the scenes

This is the first time I will be attending VMworld as an exhibitor so I thought I would make my best attempt at blogging about the experience.  My past includes many large conference attendances but all from the attendee/consultant’s perspective.  It’s great to see these shows and absorb as much knowledge as possible in a short period of time.  This week will be different as I attempt to listen closely to customers, curious attendees, industry colleagues, and others in order to gain insight into what people feel is the direction of User Virtualization – and virtualization in general.  My hope is to reveal the other side of the show as I experience it this week.

To start let me tell you how exciting it was to walk into the exhibitor hall on Friday in the AM (first move-in day) and to get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to setup an event like this.  Lifts, moving crews, servers, loud machinery and then… silence.  It was break time around 10:15am and literally the Freeman (union workers providing labor) halted everything they were doing and vacated the massive exhibitor hall.  That brings up another point.  I needed to carry in some gear for our demos and was directed to the office of the Freeman when I asked if there was a cart that I could borrow.  They told me that if I could carry the gear in unassisted – no cart or helpers – then I was free to do so.  However, if a cart was necessary I would be required to “hire” the Freeman.  Now I can understand there may be liability issues if they were to turn over the keys to one of their fork lifts and drove over another company’s exhibit equipment but come on, I have to pay for labor just to carry in some basic equipment?!

As it turned out I was able to lug  in everything with the assistance of my girlfriend Meredith – she was free except for the dinner later that night.  Check out a couple quick shots I took of the beginning phase of the exhibitor hall setup.

Behind the scenes at VMworld

Behind the scenes at VMworld

Another shot from the exhibitor floor

Another shot from the exhibitor floor

Tranxition's Booth

Tranxition's Booth

You must try the sourdough bread that they whip up at Boulin

I know this is unrelated to VMworld but I felt everyone should know about the amazing sourdough bread at Boundin. Had a fantastic dinner at Bistro Boudin and needed to share this photo of turtle shaped bread.

I’m looking forward to a fantastic week in San Francisco with other geeks who are as ecstatic about virtualization as I am.  Swing by Tranxition’s booth in the New Innovator area and say hello.